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by Wayfarer
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Media
Topic: "Mahayana Buddhism is based on a lie"
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: "Mahayana Buddhism is based on a lie"

It’s a crap article. No purpose is served by republishing such nonsense.
by Wayfarer
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump Impeachment
Replies: 40
Views: 2054

Re: Trump Impeachment

The optimist in me thinks that a quorum of ordinary Republican congress members might be persuaded to vote against him, and meanwhile they're keeping their powder dry. After all, he routinely s***ts all over Republican principles and many working Republican politicians detest him. The only reason fo...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Bingo!
Replies: 12
Views: 332

Re: Bingo!

The way it was introduced to me, was that it distinguished the Buddhist understanding from the usual understanding of 'appearance and reality'. 'Appearance and reality' is one of the underlying themes of many forms of philosophy and spiritual teaching. For example in Plato, there's the appearance - ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1690

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I met John today, and he gave a very good talk. I was pleased to find we have quite a few acquaintances in common. He's someone I could instantly relate to and I will stay in contact with him. He comes and gives talks at Hongwanji every so often. He quoted Edward Conze, which I really liked, and mad...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1690

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

In Shin, Amitabha Buddha (Amida-Amitayus-Buddha) has a certain functional equivalence to Lewis’s salvific, compassionate, transcendent deity. Although he is not a god, Amitaba does correspond to certain aspects of the Western God-conception, inasmuch as Amida acts as a savior-redeemer who spiritual...
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to Read Sutras? Split from "is the tathagatagarbha true?"
Replies: 14
Views: 408

Re: How to Read Sutras? Split from "is the tathagatagarbha true?"

I’ve been attending a Pure Land service these last few months, and in that context, the sutras are simply recited (and In Japanese, meaning I can’t follow them.) I notice that the pronunciation and delivery are very minutely specified with markings that detail the exact intonation and even length of...
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 30
Views: 1302

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

Update: just signed up. My main reservation was information overload - very mindful of reading a whole lot of books but missing the kernel. On the other hand, it's a worthy cause and it will be a great community to be part of, there are undoubtedly some great resources and teachers there. So I signe...
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 30
Views: 1302

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

I'm very tempted to sign up for the Wisdom Academy and probably will in future. Right now I'm tied up on a nine-to-five until early next year but in the future when I have more time, I'm probably going to join. I think I'll register non-financially to start with and follow the developments.
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2708

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

Hi all- I have been tinkering with Buddhism for years, meaning taking little bits of pieces and now I am diving in deep and really imersing myself in the Mahayana tradition. Looking at the Hell realms, and it seems incomphrehensible to me that someone could do enough bad things in one lifetime to w...
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 3278

Re: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

From a lecture note: 'the Buddhist conception of 'true nature' can be differentiated from the Advaita 'higher self', because the ‘true nature’ is, in reality, empty of self! There is nothing about it which can be identified as ‘mine’. In this sense, it can be said that the true self is really no sel...
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The two hard problems of consciousness
Replies: 29
Views: 798

Re: The two hard problems of consciousness

Rick wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:46 pm
Would you say that existent is not a predicate?

No, I said 'being is never an object of perception or cognition'. Read or even just skim the Bitbol paper, he's on the money. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 3278

Re: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

Get hold of Sallie B. King's book Buddha Nature. It clearly differentiates Buddha-nature teachings from 'atmanavada'. It seems similar from the perspective of mere talk, but the distinction is crystal clear when you drill down on it.
by Wayfarer
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Distinguishing between consciousness and mental events
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: Distinguishing between consciousness and mental events

I remember: To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and...
by Wayfarer
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Distinguishing between consciousness and mental events
Replies: 18
Views: 811

Re: Distinguishing between consciousness and mental events

There is no 'consciousness' to distinguish, in the sense of there being no background watcher or underlying permanent being or state. So, strictly speaking, there's no distinction between consciousness and mental states (which is why, I think, Krishnamurti, not a Buddhist but generally compatible wi...
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The two hard problems of consciousness
Replies: 29
Views: 798

Re: The two hard problems of consciousness

I’ve studied this in depth and understand it very well. And it’s very simple: being is never an object of perception. You never get outside it, which is why you can’t study it objectively or scientifically. It’s simple but hard to articulate. If you have time read this article It provides the analys...
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 67
Views: 1124

Re: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

there is no ultimate thing - every 'thing' is composed of parts, actually flowing like water, if you look at it long enough. It's a mirage, a confluence of causes and effects, with nothing substantial in it. I think the basic problem is objectification , to seize on this or that, some element, some ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....
Replies: 47
Views: 1121

Re: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....

Who has made some kind of tangible progress on this meditation? How did it click for you? i.e. what helped you make progress on it? The point of 'viewing beings like your mother' is to evoke the sense of unconditional love, non-harming and tenderness that beings naturally feel towards mother. My in...
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?
Replies: 16
Views: 587

Re: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?

I don’t regard myself as a Zen adept, but I always understood it to mean ‘realising the true nature’. Realising the true nature is truly understanding what is already and always so, rather than seeking something else, seeking outside, trying to attain something or being caught up in externals. To me...
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Book Review - “Why I am not a Buddhist”, Evan Thompson
Replies: 0
Views: 322

Book Review - “Why I am not a Buddhist”, Evan Thompson

New title by Evan Thomson, philosopher and previous collaborator with Francisco Varela. Review here . Following in the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian, Thompson (Waking, Dreaming, Being, 2014, etc.) delivers a timely rebuttal to what he calls Buddhist modernism, the idea, lo...
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Cittamatra, Yogacara and Vijnanavada the same thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 795

Re: Cittamatra, Yogacara and Vijnanavada the same thing?

smcj wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:44 am
I like “happening” as verb and noun.


Yeah, but a ‘human happening’ sounds a bit, well, Haight Ashbury, doesn’t it :shrug:

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